Combating the Rise of AI-Generated Fakes. Google has unveiled three new features during its Google I/O 2023 event to combat the proliferation of AI-generated fake images in search results, according to a report by Bloomberg.
These features aim to assist users in identifying such fake images by tracking their origins, adding metadata to Google-generated AI images, and labeling other AI-generated images within search results. The rise of AI image synthesis models like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion has made it increasingly effortless to create numerous realistic counterfeit images.
This phenomenon poses a threat not only to the spread of misinformation and political propaganda but also to the integrity of the historical record, as a significant volume of fabricated media artifacts enters circulation.
A Poynter study conducted in 2022 revealed that 62 percent of individuals encounter misinformation on a daily or weekly basis. In response to this challenge, we remain committed to developing user-friendly tools and features on Google Search that enable users to identify online misinformation, assess content efficiently, and gain a deeper understanding of the context behind what they encounter. Moreover, we recognize the significance of evaluating visual content that users come across in their online experiences.
Introducing the “About this image” feature, users will now have the ability to access additional information about an image’s background and history. This feature can be accessed by clicking on the three dots displayed on an image within Google Images results. Alternatively, users can utilize Google Lens to search with an image or screenshot, or simply swipe up within the Google app. By doing so, users can uncover valuable insights such as the date of the image’s initial indexing by Google, its potential origin, and its presence on other online platforms such as news sites, social media, or fact-checking websites.
Later this year, Google says it will also allow users to access this tool by right-clicking or long-pressing on an image in Chrome on desktop and mobile.
Having access to this supplementary context regarding an image can greatly assist in assessing its credibility and determining whether it requires further investigation. For example, by utilizing the “About this image” feature, users may uncover that a particular image depicting a staged Moon landing was flagged by reputable news sources as being generated by artificial intelligence. Furthermore, this feature can provide valuable historical context by revealing whether the image predates the emergence of motivations to fabricate it.
Combating the Rise of AI-Generated Fakes: Google’s Strategy Unveiled